Few bands have done more to push the boundaries of extreme metal than the legendary Possessed. Even fewer can create a unique style which continues to set them apart from all others by being the very first in a genre they laid the foundation for. Possessed are by definition, the creators of Death Metal.

Possessed took San Francisco’s metal scene by storm, playing with fellow Bay Area thrashers and friends Exodus, and other bands- many now long gone. In 1982-1983, they recorded a four song demo. One of the demo tracks, “Swing of the Axe” ended up on the Metal Massacre 6 compilation and later on “The Best of Metal Massacre.” Released in October 1985 on Combat Records, Seven Churches set a new standard for extreme music. Combining lighting fast riffs, Becerra’s raspy trademark growl and speedy bass playing, Pummeling drums and Randy Burns’ production, Seven Churches created a whole new genre of music- death metal. Seven Churches went on to be one of Combat Records’ best-selling albums. Not bad for a quartet of high school kids!

Beyond the Gates. Released on Halloween in 1986, this album was especially well-received in Europe where they toured at the end of the year. The album that changed the landscape of heavy metal, Beyond The Gates was the highest selling Combat album that year.

After that tour, Possessed recorded and released Eyes of Horror, a five song EP produced by Joe Satriani. Musically and lyrically advanced, the album touched on dark themes such as sin, drugs and violence and, of course, the devil. Not long after the release of the EP, LaLonde (early guitars) joined up with Les Claypool and Primus. Soon after, Mike Sus (early drums) left to continue his studies at SFSU and Torrao (early guitars) decided he no longer wanted to play in a band. Becerra continued to play and joined some side projects, but mostly took time to pursue his goals in life including his attending SFSU. In 1992, while coming home from work, tragically, Jeff was shot twice by two different gunmen who were attempting to rob him. It would be seventeen-and-a-half years before Jeff was again able to resurrect Possessed after receiving literally thousands of fan letters, emails and fan support.

In 2006, Becerra joined with Sadistic Intent to record “The Exorcist” for a Possessed tribute album. Becerra and Sadistic Intent decided to do a few live shows to satisfy fans who had been clamoring for shows for decades. With such a positive response, Becerra and Sadistic Intent continued to play a number of successful shows, including Wacken 2007, Maryland Deathfest 2009, and 2010’s Blackest of the Black Tour. This lineup breathed life into Sadistic Intent and Becerra, and the two parties split amicably to play their own styles of metal, with drummer Emilio Marquez staying with Becerra and Possessed.

After making several live appearances, including Graspop 2012 & The Fallen Angel 2012 European Tour, Cursed Over Europe 2014 Tour and the Evil Over Europe Tour
2016, Possessed is primed and finally ready for a new era. The Possessed legacy has been highly influential in the realm of extreme metal, changing the genre forever. Ready to take it further, Possessed is planning several tour dates and writing new material that will change the face of death metal once more.

In 2017, Possessed joined the Nuclear Blast family. Fans can expect POSSESSED's first a full-length release in 31 years, sometime in 2018.


RR 9757 Possessed - Seven Churches album art Possessed Seven Churches (Album) Combat RR 9757 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
NE-018 Possessed - Beyond The Gates album art Possessed Beyond The Gates (Album) Combat NE-018 Malaysia 1986 Sell This Version
ARcd 010 Possessed - Agony In Paradise album art Possessed Agony In Paradise (Album) Agonia Records ARcd 010 Poland 2004 Sell This Version
Night Promo Possessed - Shadowcult album art Possessed Shadowcult (Album, Single) Legacy Magazine, Nuclear Blast Night Promo Italy 2019 Sell This Version
27361 47394, NB 4739-2, NESC-1906 Possessed - Revelations Of Oblivion album art Possessed Revelations Of Oblivion (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast 27361 47394, NB 4739-2, NESC-1906 China 2019 Sell This Version

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Br 666 Possessed - Ashes From Hell album art Possessed Ashes From Hell Boneless Records Br 666 US 2006 Sell This Version
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88561-1121-4 Possessed - Victims Of Death album art Possessed Victims Of Death (Comp) Relativity 88561-1121-4 US 1992 Sell This Version
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REDRUM0018 Possessed - Reanimation album art Possessed Reanimation(Hybrid, DualDisc, Comp) Redrum Records (4) REDRUM0018 US 2011 Sell This Version
9962311 Possessed - Vinyl Collection album art Possessed Vinyl Collection (MiniAlbum, Comp) Century Media 9962311 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
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FL125 Possessed - Demo-niC album art Possessed Demo-niC (Comp) Floga Records FL125 Greece 2016 Sell This Version


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April 23, 2013
> This opinion refers to Possessed - Seven Churches & Beyond The Gates <

One of my favourite bands of that time beside Napalm Death and Godflesh. I love the change of moods: a dramatic (piano!) intro leads into an awful midtempo wall of noise. Or, a track very straight speedcore, 44-to-the-floor, is followed by a far away in the back singer whispering on jungle drumming, suddenly killed by 180bpm grindcore. all done with fun (fine songwriting), never boring.

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